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Apple iPod Classic 80 GB Silver (6th Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Apple
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  • iPod classic puts your entire music and video collection in your pocket with 80 GB of storage
  • An enhanced interface offers a whole new way to browse and view your music and video
  • Cover Flow technology lets you use the patented Click Wheel to flip through your music by album cover
  • Beautifully designed, iPod classic features a sleek, all-metal enclosure
  • 2.5-inch display; measures 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.41 inches (H x W x D), weighs 4.9 ounces
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  • Brand Name: Apple
  • Model Number: MB029LL/A
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 80 GB
  • Color: Silver
  • Supported Audio Format: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps)//Protected AAC (from iTunes Store)//MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps)//MP3 VBR//Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)//Apple Lossless//WAV//AIFF
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With 80 GB of storage, iPod classic gives your music and video room to move. It also has plenty of energy (up to 40 hours of audio playback), good looks (a sleek, all-metal design), and a great personality (a brand-new interface with Cover Flow). In other words, iPod classic makes an ideal companion.

Cover Flow
If a picture says a thousand words, think of what all the album art in your collection might say. With Cover Flow on iPod classic, you can flip through your music to find the album you want to hear. Use the Click Wheel to browse music by album cover, then select an album to flip it over and see the track list.

With 80GB or 160GB of storage, iPod classic gives your music and video room to move. View iPod classic dimensions.

Up to 40 hours of audio playback in the palm of your hand. View larger.

Thinner and more compact than ever.
Use the Click Wheel to adjust volume, navigate songs, browse in Cover Flow, or explore the Music menu by playlist, artist, album, song, genre, composer, and more. Want to mix things up? Click Shuffle Songs. iPod classic makes your music look as good as it sounds, thanks to its big, bright, color display.

Buy movies from the iTunes Store and you can sync them to your iPod classic to watch anywhere, anytime. The gorgeous 2.5-inch display makes your movies pop. And iPod classic keeps you entertained for up to 7 hours. Long flight or darkened room? Adjust the brightness for even more video playback time.

TV Shows
There's always something good on iPod classic. Browse thousands of episodes of your favorite TV shows on the iTunes Store, buy them for just $1.99 each, then sync them to iPod classic. Watch last night's episodes this morning, or buy a whole TV series and play a pocket-size marathon.

The iTunes Store features thousands of free video and audio podcasts, including indie favorites and offerings from such big names as ABC News, Comedy Central, ESPN, PBS, NPR, and many more. Browse and subscribe to podcasts, then sync them to your iPod classic. You can even play video podcasts on TV using an optional Apple component or composite AV cable.

The digital shelves of the iTunes Store are stocked with thousands of audiobooks--including exclusives like the entire Harry Potter series--so you can catch up on your reading wherever iPod classic takes you. iPod classic recognizes where you left off and bookmarks your place. You can even adjust the reading speed to suit you.

Put hours of fun at your fingertips. iPod classic comes with three games--Vortex, iQuiz, and Klondike--and you can download more from the iTunes Store for $4.99 each. All iPod games are designed specifically for the iPod interface. And all of them look great on the 2.5-inch color display.

iPod classic holds up to 25,000 photos you can sync from your Mac or PC via iTunes. Use the Click Wheel to scroll through photo thumbnails the same way you scroll through song titles. To see a photo full screen, click the center button. You can even view photo slideshows--complete with music and transitions--on iPod classic or on a TV using an optional Apple component or composite AV cable.

With up to 40,000 songs on your iPod classic, you need an easy way to search your collection. A built-in search function lets you use the Click Wheel to type out the name of the song, artist, album, audiobook, or podcast you're looking for. iPod classic returns results instantly as you select letters.

Calendars, contacts, and a clock appear in the Extras menu, along with a few more handy items. Take the screen lock, for example. Spin the Click Wheel to choose a four-digit combination and protect your iPod classic from prying eyes. If you forget your combination, just reset when you sync. Or use the built-in stopwatch to log your best times.

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Technical Details
Brand NameApple
Item Weight5 ounces
Product Dimensions5.5 x 3 x 2.5 inches
Item model numberMB029LL/A
Power Source TypeBattery
Operating SystemWindows XP (SP2); Mac os x 10.4 Tiger
Number of Items1
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Shipping Weight8 ounces
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Date First AvailableFebruary 16, 2006
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956 of 1,117 people found the following review helpful By KevinSeattle on September 11, 2007
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Length: 1:10 Mins
This is my third iPod. My first iPod was a 4G 40GB, my second was a 5G 60GB.

When I upgraded from the 4G to 5G it was a big improvement. I absolutely loved the new features such as color, photos, video, album art, etc...

Unfortunately my upgrade to the 80GB iPod `Classic' has been nothing but a big disappointment. When I heard Apple was about to release a new line of iPods I sold my 5G and was eagerly awaiting Jobs' keynote. First I must admit I was very disappointed they didn't release a high capacity `Touch'... I mean really disappointed... Although I strongly desire all the amazing features of the `Touch' such as WiFi and the fullscreen touch screen, my first requirement would be enough capacity to hold my entire 63 GB music library. I settled for the 80GB `Classic' since I was iPodless.

My first reaction with the iPod `Classic' was that it looked like a much sexier 5G iPod. This 80GB unit was noticeably thinner. The brushed aluminum front looked really great too. Unfortunately it was all downhill from there:

* The `Classic' does not come with the little sleeve case that 5G's came with.

* The screen is slightly lower than the brushed metal front and I am concerned it will begin to collect dust around the edges.

* The click wheel is HORRIBLE (what the hell happened) it completely lacks response and sensitivity. My 5G 60GB was so easy to navigate and after over a week of using my new `Classic' I find it the biggest pain to navigate. For this reason alone I wish I had my old 60GB 5G back.

* Coverflow... I was really looking forward to this feature. I make a lot of effort to maintain my music library and I'd say 95%+ of my music has cover art.
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101 of 115 people found the following review helpful By J. Ventura on October 14, 2007
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I read the bad reviews here and they are all very particular and specific and odd (i.e., the problems these people are having will probably never happen to you). This version of the iPod is probably going to be the last in its line before they switch over completely to the iPod Touch version. But when I was trying to figure out which one to go with RIGHT NOW, the Touch is 400 freakin' dollars and it only has 16 GB on it! That's nothing as far as I'm concerned - maybe I'm spoiled but I like putting all sorts of things on my iPod besides my entire record collection which is around 35 GB right off the bat. The iPod "Classic" is not perfect or ideal (starting with its stupid name)- the ideal would be an iTouch with 80 GB or higher - but its pretty sweet. The games on it work really well once you get used to the wheel, as far as I know there are no games on the iTouch. The video looks really good on the iPod Classic too. As far as the meat is concerned which is the music, the cover flow works fine - all that stuff about it being too sluggish is b.s. - the sound quality is really good and it comes with about 20 preset EQ settings which are nice. Sync with iTunes is really easy and almost fun and in short its just really simple to use and does the job. My advice is to get this one and wait for Apple to release an iTouch with more GB later, which might take awhile but I just have a hard time paying 400 dollars for 16 gb just so I can move an album cover across the screen with my finger. p.s. yeah, the itouch has the wi-fi internet capability but I have trouble digesting what I read about it, like no java - that's a big setback, most of my favorite websites rely on that -otherwise I'm just looking at an incredibly shrunken version of a website and that doesn't really do much for me.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mori Girl Alice on September 27, 2007
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I've only previously owned a 4th gen 40GB iPod, so I can't comment on the 'downgrade' issues from the last generation iPods, but so far I am very, very happy with my new 80GB classic. Installation was a breeze. I already had iTunes set up with all my music, so all I had to do was load up iTunes and plug in the iPod, and automation took care of the rest. The iPod charged up in a few hours. That simple!

The 80GB classic is perfect for what I use it for: listening to my entire music collection from one convienent place. I've been listening to it for many many hours straight, and it's barely even touched the battery. The screen is nice and vibrant for looking at all the cover art, and the backlight auto shuts off to save on batteries when you aren't using it, especially useful when it's just sitting in your pocket or glovebox. The brushed aluminum looks very stylish and gives it a more solid feel. The clickwheel can be a little sluggish at times, but I've never found myself irritated by it.

All in all an excellent purchase. Extremely impressed by the battery life. I'm glad I waited a little longer to buy an iPod, as we now get 80GB of storage instead of 30GB for the same price.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Francis A. Castellanos on October 22, 2007
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My review is gonna be a little long but I hope it brings some light to people who don't know whether to buy or not this product.

The classic is nothing more than an update to the 5th gen ipod. Like ANY update in the world, it adds some new features, cuts others and changes others. Plain and simple. I don't consider it fair to judge it a bad device just because you had the expectation that the classic was gonna reinvent the wheel and solve all world problems.

In my opinion, the only thing I really think that should be improved is the sensitivity of the clickwheel. I loved the way it worked on my previous 5g iPod and in the 6g it's not as responsive.

It fits in my Iskin Evo3 which I used for my previous 30gb (I got the 80gb model). It even feels a little less tight in it meaning it's gotta be maybe a hair thinner than the 30gb. I had to cut the part that covers the clickwheel because it doesn't work anymore through anything (I uploaded a picture of it). In the 5g I could change the volume even through my jeans. The 6g should be touched directly to browse or change the volume.

One welcome feature is that you can change the shuffle mode (off/songs/albums) while playing your music by pressing the center button and without going to the main menu.

Another welcome feature is that you can change the brightness of the screen while watching your videos (then again, by pressing the center button).
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